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FOR TODAY – January 12th, 2010

Outside my Window….softly falling flakes upon a vast, white vista.  Snow, snow…everywhere snow.  19 inches since December, 10 of those inches since January 1st.  Fifteen consecutive days of snow.  It’s kind of funny…the children now look out the window and say…”ah, man!  It’s snowing.  Again!”  I think they’ve had their fill.  Wonder what they’d think if they’d been on the east coast during the blizzard?  They have no memory of the Storm of the Century in 1993.  We received 36 inches…in south eastern Kentucky.  I…was not…at home.  No…I was trapped in Huntsville, Alabama at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center with 80 very scared and homesick 4th and 5th graders.  Huntsville had received 20 inches of snow in that storm and there wasn’t a snow plow, salt truck or shovel in sight.  We watched a hotel crew try to clear the parking lot with rakes.  Now that’s desperate!

Yeah.  I think we have very little to complain about.  And this pristine blanket of fluff makes for a pretty view from my classroom window…

Thinking…about how odd it is that we never seem to want to do that which is easily done.  That the moment the detestable chore becomes impossible to accomplish, we want it more than anything…after several days of the worst plumbing catastrophe we’ve ever experienced, I’m once again looking at dishwashing, laundry and toilet scrubbing with a whole new level of appreciation.  When you can’t scrub a toilet, you want to.  When you can’t wash dishes, you want to.  When you can’t wash clothes (and when there soaked in raw sewage!) you really, really want to! And when you’ve complained that the propane isn’t really a very comfortable way to heat a home, and then you find that same propane furnace no longer working…well, you think propane is pretty warm after all, after a couple days of sub-freezing temperatures.

So…I’ve been happily washing.  Happily laundering.  Happily showering and toilet scrubbing…and cleaning everything with a much better attitude.  It seems it pleases our Lord to regularly give me these little “attitude adjustments.”  Trust me, for those of you who think I’m such a paragon of virtue, I can lob quite a few complaints with the best of them!  Well…my grumbling is stilled for awhile as I gratefully accept the beauty of these restored modern conveniences.  It’s been a tough weekend, one of changed plans and rolling with the punches.  We’ve rolled…and now we’re ready to roll on…

Thankful forplumbing.  And heating.  ‘Nuff said.

From the kitchen…5 loads of freshly washed dishes.  Clean countertops.  A mopped floor.  Oh?  You mean food?  Oh, yeah…leftover Murphy’s Stout stew for lunch and ?? for dinner.  My brain is a bit fried right now from all the cleaning, but like I said…not complaining!  Dinner will be served, I just need to peruse the freezer.  Turkey pie is a distinct possibility…

Faith and learning…ah, yes.  We were supposed to start school yesterday, but “the best laid plans of mice and men…” you know the rest.  The classroom is nearly ready, last years papers filed, supplies restocked and a new schedule is in the works.   It will happen.  I’m working on it, and the good Lord is working on me!

Creating…been crocheting and knitting a bit more.  Have finished a few little things.  And a couple of crafty items.  Nuttin’ much…

Planning…school.  And my post-surgery recuperation period.  Trying not to stress.  All will be well…

Wearing…white corduroys, turtleneck and pink cabled sweater.  Socks and slippers.

Reading…listening to a few audiobooks.  Lots of free stuff online…

Praying…for the Mills family.  Would you join me?  This homeschooling family has had a lot of adversity lately and could really use as many prayer warriors as possible.   Also praying for two dear friends who are moving to IL and TN.  That their transitions be effected as quickly and smoothly as possible.

HearingLibrivox mp3 download of The Imitation of Christ.  Beautifully read and totally free…

Around the house…things are a bit less cluttered but still feeling much needs to be done.  Ah, to have someone come in a purge it all…I’d like to go for that uncluttered monastic look.  Well, perhaps that’s a bit extreme but I’d like the eye to be “taken” by beauty, not “distracted” by clutter.  I’m redefining what constitutes clutter.  That which is not beautiful, which is not useful, which doesn’t bless is clutter…

One of my favorite things…flushing toilets, clean laundry and warm rooms.

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing with you

Quickly snapped by Gareth from the dining room window.  Hello Mr. Cardinal!  My, you sure look handsome against that white backdrop…

Blessings,

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